Wonderful Warwick

A very good friend of mine has moved to Warwick and so last weekend i went to visit. I had never been to Warwick before so i figured it was worthy of a post.

First thoughts about entering the city is noticing its beautiful historic buildings. I am somewhat of a geek when it comes to old buildings. I revel in the architecture of churches and castle and warwick has some beautiful examples of both.The street my friend lives on is very pretty and quiet each house has its own little individual edge instead of walking down the same old boring streets.

There is a really nice atmosphere about Warwick or maybe i just find it calming being out of Birmingham. Went to pizza express on the friday evening after recovering from the worlds worst hangover and having broken my phone! The food was lovely the waiter was hot and we got to dine outside in the sun. I would reccommend this pizza express i loved my rasberry lemonade a much needed hangover cure.

Saturday was a fun day of shopping. I love how most of the shops in warwick are tiny independent businesses. A vintage shoppers dream. There was a big farmers market and a street party on during the day. A lovely cheerful friendly atmosphere was buzzing through the centre. I managed to catch some belly dancing from some older ladies. More power to you ladies for doning full costumes and putting on a show for the people of Warwick. Looked like a lot of fun to do. A guilty highlight for me was the morris dancers. I have never seen morris dancing before so found it all very exciting. I was also pleasantly surprised to see not only older gentlemen but also young guys taking part in this traditional dance. One tradition that threw me off a little were the mistrals wandering about town with blacked out faces. I had to have a look into why they have blacked out faces and aparently its traditionally because as incomes were low men would paint their faces black as a disguise to hide their identity to earn some extra money dancing.

It is worth mentioning that during my trip i watched ‘the human centipede’ finally. I have to say its a pretty decent film. It is very disturbing without having to show too much like great horror should be it managed to push the boundaries of my emotions leaving me both impressed and disgusted. Bring on the sequel good work.

Sunday we ventured to leamington spa to go to a vintage fare at the prince of wales. We stopped off for breakfast at a really sweet little shop Burst where they serve juices and smoothies as well as being able to order a vegan choice also. The food was lovely and the smoothies were very yummy and all was reasonably priced so if your about Leamington pop in and show this great place some support.

The prince of wales was a great venue i would like to go back and see what its like when there isn’t an event on. They managed to cram a lot of stalls into a small space but sadly i didn’t see any great bargains that caught my eye. Still that’s the joy of vintage shopping you never know what your going to get. Although it seems with the recent increase in vintage shoppers the prices are rocketing and the steals becoming rarer. Although a fleeting visit Leamington seemed like a nice place to visit for the day and i will venture back at some point.

The best food yet was some great vegan mac and cheese made by the lovely cherry which you can find on her blog. Itis a must try for all vegans and non vegans too.

The highlight of the whole weekend for me was swan pedalos on the river at st nicks park. For £12 you can hire a swan pedalo for half an hour. They do also have row boats and normal pedalos for hire. You can take your pedalo down the river to look at warwick castle and it is well worth the view. I didn’t want to pay a fortune to get into the castle and got to go out on the river on a lovely sunny day. Half an hour really doesn’t sound like much but its plenty enough to see everything you need to. There are some charming properties along the riverside with their own little row boats. St Nicks is a lovely park with a big paddling pool, crazy golf, kiddies rides and tons of great scenery all around. picnicers were out in force.

In all i really liked Warwick its a lovely place with a great atmosphere and lots to see and do. Really recommend you all to take a day trip down for a picnic by the river or a drink in the local pubs.

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